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PATOIS PRESENTS: 11 Days of Art and Social Justice in New Orleans!

PATOIS: The Sixth Annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival March 26 - April 5, 2009

About the Festival

PATOIS was founded by New Orleans artists and  activists, and we are dedicated to nurturing our city's human rights community.  We work to create accessible spaces at the intersection of art and social justice where communities can join in struggle for human rights in New Orleans and around the world.

Click here to read more!

Cafe Lazziza
2106 Chartres St (at Frenchmen St.)

Canal Place Cinemas

333 Canal St

Craige Cultural Center

1800 Newton St (Algiers)

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
1 Collins Diboll Circle (In City Park)

Southern University of New Orleans - Health & Physical Education Building, Park Campus

6801 Press Drive

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 O. C. Haley Blvd
Ticket Prices

All programs and events are $8 and day passes are $10.  The following programs have special rates:

Liberation HipHop tickets are $10.

Sunday, March 29, Blowout Consciousness: Free

Thursday, March 31, Violence in Our Communities: Free

Friday, April 3, Reparations: Free

Saturday, April 4, Housing is a Right: Free

Sunday, April 5, Workshop: Take Back the Land: Free

Buy a festival pass and get free admission to all festival events, including parties and performances.
Live Music at PATOIS
Friday, March 27, 9:30pm
Cafe Lazziza
Liberation HipHop
Featuring performances by Wise Intelligent (Poor Righteous Teachers), Invincible, Truth Universal, Dee-1, Mohammed Al-Farra, and Sabreena da Witch.

Saturday, March 28, 7pm
GaBrilla Ballard will perform acoustic roots-soul music before the film Medicine for Melancholy.

Sunday, March 29, 1pm
Hot 8 Brass Band
will perform as part of Blowout Consciousness

Sunday, March 29, 6:30pm
Slangston Hughes will perform before the film Crips and Bloods: Made in America

Thursday, April 3, 6pm
TBC Brass Band
will perform during the reception for The New Orleans Tea Party

Saturday, April 4, 5pm
Kourtney Heart
will perform before the special program Housing is a Right

Check our website for information on more parties, performances, and events!
Benefits at PATOIS

Saturday, March 28, 5:30pm
Poor Folks Fight Back:
Featuring the films Katrina: Man Made Disaster and Homeless Power, with an introduction and discussion with filmmaker Rick Rowley and Viola Washington from Welfare Rights Organization.
Benefit to support Welfare Rights Organization

Sunday, March 29, 5:30pm
Screening, performance, and Discussion: New Videos from the Grassroots featuring exciting new grassroots media by local collective 2-Cent Entertainment, who will take questions and discuss their work.  Also: Performance by Slangston Hughes
Benefit to support  Positive Image Entertainment (PIE)

Sunday, March 29, 7pm
New Orleans Premiere of the groundbreaking new documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America, featuring an introduction by 2-Cent's Brandan Odums and Black Men United's Kool Black.
Benefit to support  Black Men United

Noun. Pronunciation: \ˈpa-ËŒtwä
1: Any language that is considered nonstandard.  It can refer to pidgins, creoles, dialects, and other forms of native or local speech.
2: Many of the vernacular forms of English spoken in the Caribbean, especially in reference to Jamaican Creole.
3: The language used at the intersection of art and social justice in New Orleans.

Eleven days, more than fifty films, over thirty directors discussing their work, and nine world premieres.

This year, we are proud to welcome director Tim Disney for the Regional Premiere of his film American Violet on Thursday, March 26 at Canal Place Cinemas at 7pm.  Alfre Woodard, Charles Dutton, Tim Blake Nelson and Xzibit star in this film based on the true story of one African American woman's struggle against the racist criminal justice system. 

The next night, Friday, March 27, at 9:30pm at Cafe Lazziza, we present Liberation HipHop, a concert celebrating the sound of freedom from New Orleans to Detroit to Brooklyn to Gaza.  The concert features Wise Intelligent (from legendary old school HipHop group Poor Righteous Teachers), Invincible (rising star from Detroit), Truth Universal (Trinidad and New Orleans), Dee-1 (New Orleans), Mohammed Al-Farra (from Gaza's first HipHop group), and Sabreena da Witch (Palestine's first r&b singer).

On Saturday, March 28, at 7pm, we invite you to join director Barry Jenkins for the Regional Premiere of his film Medicine for Melancholy, a love story of two African American twenty-somethings dealing with issues of class and identity in San Francisco--which has the smallest proportional Black population of any major US city.  This event will feature a performance by GaBrilla Ballard.

On Sunday, March 29, at 1pm at Zeitgeist, we'll team up with Fyre Youth Squad and Finding Our Folks to present Blowout Consciousness, a dynamic event celebrating the struggle against the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline featuring films, speakers, and a secondline led by Hot 8 Brass Band.  Films include I Am Sean Bell by Stacey Muhammad and Moral Panic: More Light than Heat by Akintola Hanif.  Speakers include rapper and organizer Wise Intelligent, Stacey Muhammad, and members of the Fyre Youth Squad.

Join us for the World Premiere of The New Orleans Tea Party on Thursday, April 2, at 6pm at the New Orleans Museum of Art.  Tea Party explores the many issues New Orleanians face as we rebuild our community.  Directors Marline Otte and Laszlo Fulop will take questions after the screening, and the film will be followed by a reception featuring TBC Brass Band.

Don't miss the Regional Premiere of White Lies Black Sheep on Saturday, April 4, at 7pm at Zeitgeist.  This exciting fictional documentary follows a young Black rocker entrenched in the debaucherous white New York rock n roll scene who begins to find that his chosen community only accepts him if he's not "too Black."  Director James Spooner will join us for the screening and reception.

And, on the last day of the festival, please join us for the World Premiere of Justice for All, a powerful new film about the juvenile justice system.  Director Sherry Dorsey will join us for the screening and reception.

You can learn more about this year's program on Patois' website. We have full descriptions of all the films, performances and events, short video previews of festival films, schedule and venue information, and more. You can also buy festival passes and membership on our site. Festival passes get you free admission to all parties and films, including our Liberation HipHop concert (tickets are otherwise $10). Please support the festival, and buy passes and membership for yourself and friends. With your help, we will continue to be a resource for community and social justice in New Orleans.


Film Descriptions
Live Music
Special Programs
Buy Festival Passes and Membership
Festival Sponsors and Supporters
Festival Highlights

Many people think that human rights film festivals only screen documentaries, but this year's fest includes science fiction, comedies, documusicmentaries, and experimental films, in addition to dynamic action events, speakers and performers. 

Don't miss our March and Rally for Middle East Justice and Palestine Liberation Sunday, March 29, at 10am at the corner of  Poydras and Convention Center Blvd.

You'll also want to catch Miami housing activist Max Rameau's FREE workshop Take Back the Land, Sunday, April 5, at 1pm at Zeitgeist.

And be sure to see local mediamakers 2-Cent Entertainment's New Videos from the Grassroots Sunday, March 29, at 5:30pm.

Don't miss the FREE program Housing is a Right, Saturday, April 4, at 5pm at Zeitgeist, when we'll see great new films about the national housing struggle from New Orleans, Brooklyn, and Detroit.  Activists from Families United for Racial and Economic Equality will speak about their organizing in Brooklyn, and Miami-based housing activist Max Rameau will talk about the successes of his organization Take Back the Land.

We're also proud to present the FREE program Reparations on Friday, April 3 at 7pm at Craige Cultural Center, featuring The Untold Story, a documentary about 20th century slavery in Mississippi, and Welcome to Batey 6, a new film about Haitan sugar cane cutters in the Dominican Republic.  The films will be followed by a panel featuring filmmaker Antoinette Harrell, Ukali Mwendo from the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparation in America (N'COBRA), and Walter Umrani from the Nation of Islam.

Learn about the world at this festival. PATOIS features incredible filmmaking from almost every continent, including Under the Bombs, a haunting fiction film shot in the aftermath of the 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon; Corazón del Tiempo (Heart of Time), a fiction film about love and revolution made in cooperation with Zapatistas in Mexico; Exodus, an intense science fiction film about discrimination based on the biblical story of Moses; and Nerakhoon (The Betrayal), an Academy Award nominated film about a Laotian family struggling to stay together after the devastation of the Vietnam War.

Witness first-hand reports from Iraq during the special program Obama's Iraq featuring Rick Rowley of Big Noise Films, who has just returned from Baghdad. Experience the struggle for sanity in Gaza with a young Palestinian psychotherapist in Young Freud in Gaza. Venture into the difficult lives of Ghanaian street children in Roaming Around.

We seek to amplify the voices of youth, and especially young people from New Orleans. This year, don't miss Youth Rise Up: Films by Students and Youth, a program that features a panel of young filmmakers who create media as activism.

This year's festival also features three art exhibitions:  Expressions of Nakba, a collection of works in response to the 60th anniversary of the dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians; Through the Youth Lens, featuring photographs by young activists from Fyre Youth Squad, Rethink, and Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association; and Crowns of Glory: A collection of creative church hats honoring women living with AIDS.

Our festival celebrates the best of New Orleans filmmaking. In addition to the World Premieres of The New Orleans Tea Party and Robot + Girl; we are proud to present Media Advocates for Prevention's What is MAP? and Stressin', films made by youth as outreach tools for AIDS prevention; and St. Joe, Luisa Danta's new experimental film about public housing in New Orleans.

There's much more!  See full descriptions of festival films here.

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